Developing Systems That Work | PP51

Do you use systems? When I talk about systems do you struggle to understand what it’s like to build and implement them? In this episode we are going to talk about developing systems that work. Front Matter Don’t miss out on the 50% sale the Rocket Company is doing right now for Giving Rocket. Their content has been amazing lately. I’ve LOVED the free content they’ve been giving away around the sale. I’ve been digging getting tagged in conversations on facebook about Productive Pastor. Keep it coming! Also, a big thanks to Country Parson Hugh for the iTunes review and rating. Developing Systems that Work 1. Discern. What behaviors do we need/want? So what’s the difference between a good system, a bad system and an effective system? An effective system is one intentionally designed for achieving specific outcomes. Getting a good idea of your current situation and your (intended) future situation is an important step. What environments/behaviors/actions can we control to better improve a specific situation? I recommend doing this as a team and just starting to discover the holes and to what depth they go to in your ministry? 2. Decide What will make this system effective? At this point, the job of you and your team is deciding what will actually make this system work well. You ask questions of culture and context at this point. You realize how simply moving things around might seriously change things. 3. Delegate Who and how will we run this system? Remember, systems are about creating a replicative pattern for folks to follow you as they join in ministry leadership. Developing how...

How To Discern Big Goals | PP50

Welcome to the 50th Episode of Productive Pastor! I am going to help you learn how to discern big goals in this episode…but until then, there is even more awesome stuff I want to share with you. Productive Music. Lately, I have been fascinated with the music people use to get into a productive zone. I’ve shared a few articles on the Productive Pastor Facebook page. Share with me what music keeps you in a productive mindset on twitter. I’m @revchadbooks. iTunes Review and Ratings.  We’ve had two great reviews over the last couple of weeks. A big thanks to these listeners! You can leave one right here. 3. Giving Rocket May special. So my friends at The Rocket Company are giving away some great (FREE) training this month AND heavily discounting Giving Rocket, one of their core coaching programs. I have spent over 1k on Giving Rocket and it is absolutely worth every penny. If you want to be part of this special training, subscribe to my insider list right here. I give away my daily worksheet through the list AND you will have quick access to these amazing videos. How To Discern Big Goals I hear from folks constantly needing help about goals. Some people need helping creating systems and checklists and others have a tough time actually filtering what is worth being a goal. Let me take you through three movements of  how to discern big goals. Questions. Think about these things. Here are the first questions I use…and I’m sure you can come up with more. What would radically change things? What holes exist currently? What...

Managing Your Week with Evernote | PP 49

Did you know you can use Evernote to order and organize your week? I use Evernote for nearly everything and the two tasks that I can’t imagine NOT using it is ordering my week and ordering my contact list. Front Matter iTunes Reviews. THANKS!!!             Productive Pastor in Google Play Store. Managing Your Week in Evernote I use Evernote to manage my daily repeatable tasks. I make mention of several previous episodes and I will link them in the bottom of the shownotes. For me, Evernote is an amazing tool to keep up with the small tasks I do every week on the same exact same day. I am always curating my weekly work template for the best effective use of my time, energy and mind space. This is what I am currently using my focus days for. Monday -> AM. Sabbath. PM. Visitor Contact, Team Communication, Basic Administration and Sermon Preparation. Tuesday -> AM. Administration. PM. Long Range Planning and High Impact Projects. Staff Meeting Wednesday -> AM. Sermon Preparation. PM. Meeting with People. Thursday -> AM Sermon Preparation. PM. Writing and Medium Projects Friday -> Sermon Preparation. PM. Projects and People So each day gets a checklist of repeatable tasks. Honestly, these lists get pretty sparse as the week goes on. I try to reserve Mondays and Tuesdays for these type of tasks. I also use Evernote to keep up with one of my main goals. I try to stay in contact with 2-3 new people a day and 5-7 existing church folks a day. On Monday, during my weekly planning session,...

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